Virginia Economic Developers Association honors Ruff

Published 8:58 am Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) has awarded Virginia Sen. Frank M. Ruff Jr. (15th Senate District) its seventh annual Legislator of the Year Award. The award was created to honor legislators who serve as ambassadors for economic and community development in Virginia.

“Sen. Ruff truly exemplifies the definition of VEDA’s Legislator of the Year,” said VEDA Legislator of the Year Committee Chair Patrick Barker (Frederick County Industrial Development Authority). “His public service career spans more than 20 years with wide-ranging committee service such as General Laws and Technology; the Senate Finance subcommittee on Economic Development; the Broadband Advisory Council; the Small Business Commission; and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.”

“During the most recent General Assembly session, Sen. Ruff has been an integral part of significant economic development legislation including creating an exemption for certain data centers under the Retail Sales and Use Tax legislation; the establishment of the Virginia Collaborative Economic Development Act; and creating funding for and establishing the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program,” said Barker.

VEDA’s leadership put the Legislator of the Year Award in place to recognize public officials who not only support economic and community development, but who are actively engaged in public policy efforts that advance economic prosperity in the commonwealth. The 2016 award was presented to Sen. Ruff at VEDA’s Annual Meeting in Richmond on Nov. 30th.